Access to the Past

Access to the Past: A New Tribal-Friendly Approach Explains Old Archives

Admittedly, there is still much work to do. But our efforts and the efforts of projects like ours are starting to shape what we hope will be the new norm in the scholarly editing of Native primary source materials, similar in some ways to covenantal principles in archaeological work on Native land. Meaningful collaboration provides critical perspectives, a more even discourse and more diversity at the table. Those are benefits for native and non-native scholars, researchers and students – communities in general. More specifically native communities can use these tools, these historical resources in the tangible exercise of their sovereignty.

Paul Grant-Costa, the executive editor of the Yale Indian Papers Project, holds degrees in law, history and linguistics. During the past 35 years, he has worked extensively with Native communities in New England on a variety of legal and historical concerns. Tobias Glaza is the assistant executive editor of the Yale Indian Papers Project. For the past 20 years, he has worked with tribal communities in the Upper Midwest and New England on issues of natural resource conservation, land management and history.

The Yale Indian Papers Project is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).